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How Granta Launched the Cultural Obsession With “Best Young Novelist” Lists – Slate Magazine

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Over the years, that first 20-under-40 list became rather legendary, and it’s not hard to see why. Among the winners Granta picked were Kazuo Ishiguro, Ian McEwan, Rose Tremain, Martin Amis, Pat Barker, Julian Barnes, William Boyd, Graham Swift, and Salman Rushdie (although Rushdie was a bit of a gimme, since he’d already won the Booker Prize for Midnight’s Children.) The journal’s follow-up 10 years later was nearly as impressive,…

Are Chat-Fiction Apps the New YA Novels? – The Ringer (blog)

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Caroline Renee Mills loves classic British literature. The 32-year-old freelance writer adores Thomas Hardy’s 1878 Victorian novel The Return of the Native, especially for the “dark, misunderstood, moody” character Eustacia Vye. She’s a fan of nearly anything written by the Brontë sisters, particularly Jane Eyre. And her all-time favorite is Daphne du Maurier, the British romantic novelist that published stories like The Birds, Rebecca, and The Jamaica Inn that were…

Why Amazon wants to replace your mirror with a camera – Engadget

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Echo Look resembles pretty much every other smart home security camera you’d care to find, but it’s not about protecting your property. The unit is designed for fashionable types who like to document their daily outfits and make sure that they’re always looking good. Look comes with a depth-sensing camera, bolstered with four LEDs that’ll turn even the dingiest bedroom into a half-decent photo studio. If you take a selfie…

Why Amazon is spending so much to rival Netflix – USA TODAY

Thursday, April 27, 2017

CLOSE x Embed x Share Here are several key business tips Jeff Bezos outlined in his latest annual shareholder letter released on Wednesday. Video provided by TheStreet Newslook EO of Amazon.com, Inc. Jeff Bezos attends the Amazon Emmy Award afterparty at Sunset Tower, in West Hollywood, California, on September 18, 2016.(Photo: TOMMASO BODDI/AFP/Getty Images) SAN FRANCISCO – Movies and TV, distribution centers and India. Those are three of the…

Apple is in talks to launch its own Venmo – Recode

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Apple’s on-again, off-again flirtation with building its own money-transfer service appears to be back on. The company has recently held discussions with payments industry partners about introducing its own Venmo competitor, according to multiple sources familiar with the talks. The service would allow iPhone owners to send money digitally to other iPhone owners, these people said. One source familiar with the plans told Recode they expect the company to announce…

Amazon creates 1200 jobs at warehouse equipped with advanced robotics – The Guardian

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Amazon is to create 1,200 new permanent jobs as it opens a new warehouse in Warrington where staff will work alongside the online retail giant’s robots. The US group said the new fulfilment centre, part of a significant expansion across the UK, will take its workforce in Britain to 24,000 by the end of this year. Amazon will be hiring for a range of new roles including operations managers, engineers,…

Milwaukee writers on other (mostly Wisconsin) writers – OnMilwaukee.com

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Published April 27, 2017 at 9:03 a.m. Who knows writers better than other writers, right? So, when some Wisconsin scribes – in this case Jim Higgins and Michael Schumacher – pen works about other scribes – and in one case about other Wisconsin scribes – we take notice. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Arts and Books Editor Jim Higgins is a veteran newspaperman and one I’m not shy about saying…

Book sales hit a record as children’s fiction gains in popularity – BBC News

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Image copyright EPA Children’s fiction helped drive UK book sales to a record £3.5bn last year, the Publishers Association (PA) has said. The 6% rise came despite the waning popularity of ebooks, which saw sales fall by 3% to £538m last year. Sales of children’s books rose 16% to £365m, with the increase due mainly to the purchase of printed works. Readers also flocked to fitness and self-help books, sending…

NBCU Chief Says He’s “Optimistic” Writers’ Strike Will Be Avoided – Deadline

Thursday, April 27, 2017

NBCUniversal chief Steve Burke says he’s “optimistic and hopeful” that a writers’ strike can be avoided. “Strikes aren’t good for anybody,” he told analysts this morning in Comcast’s quarterly call with analysts. “I’m hopeful we’ll get it done.” Assuming a clash can be avoided,  Burke says NBCUniversal heads into the upfront market with “our strongest hand — by a lot.” Indeed, the company has “already started discussions” with advertisers ahead…

How eBooks lost their shine: ‘Kindles now look clunky and unhip’ – The Guardian

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Here are some things that you can’t do with a Kindle. You can’t turn down a corner, tuck a flap in a chapter, crack a spine (brutal, but sometimes pleasurable) or flick the pages to see how far you have come and how far you have to go. You can’t remember something potent and find it again with reference to where it appeared on a right- or left-hand page. You…

Trump: ‘When people talk about Obamacare, it’s really fiction’ – Washington Examiner

Thursday, April 27, 2017

President Trump blasted Obamacare as “fiction” Wednesday and left the door open to withholding payments that help insurers reduce out-of-pocket medical expenses for patients if the latest repeal and replace effort fails. Trump nevertheless told the Washington Examiner in an interview at the White House that Republicans were “very close” to passing a healthcare bill. “Don’t forget, Obamacare took 17 months to get, and it’s a disaster,” Trump said. He…

Fact or Fiction: Final Draft Predictions – Giants.com (blog)

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Giants.com writers make predictions for the NFL Draft: The Giants will make a trade at some point in the draft. JOHN SCHMEELK: Fiction – With the draft being as deep as it is, I think the Giants will be happy to stay where they are and select the best player on their board. Depending on the position group, there are many analysts who believe you can find players with starting…

Why Brit crime fiction is paying international dividends – The Guardian

Thursday, April 27, 2017

When ex-paramedic Daniel Cole signed with agent Sue Armstrong, he was “delighted”. When Armstrong bagged him a six-figure, three-book deal from a British publisher he was “in shock”. But after a fierce fight between German publishers over his debut crime novel, Ragdoll, saw him signing for a record-breaking seven figures, Cole found himself among a group of British authors toppling Scandinavian writers from their perch at the summit of bestseller…

Where does Amazon’s money go? – USA TODAY

Thursday, April 27, 2017

EO of Amazon.com, Inc. Jeff Bezos attends the Amazon Emmy Award afterparty at Sunset Tower, in West Hollywood, California, on September 18, 2016.(Photo: TOMMASO BODDI/AFP/Getty Images) SAN FRANCISCO – Movies and TV, distribution centers and India. Those are three of the biggest money sinks Amazon’s got going now – all aimed at growing the company and, secondarily, the bottom line. The feverish pace at which the Seattle online behemoth is building…

Google engineer shows the spectacular extremes of nighttime mobile photography – The Verge

Thursday, April 27, 2017

The Google Pixel and its predecessor, the Nexus 6P, are two of the best mobile cameras we have today, owing to Google’s algorithmic wizardry behind the scenes. I’ve been endlessly impressed with the low-light performance of the Pixel since its release, but it turns out there’s still a vast amount of untapped potential just waiting to be unlocked. Florian Kainz, a software engineer at Google Daydream who previously worked at…

Amazon’s Newest Product Wants to Judge Your Outfit – Motley Fool

Thursday, April 27, 2017

I had to check the date there for a moment to make sure it wasn’t April Fool’s. Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN) has made a rather interesting product announcement today, introducing the new $200 Echo Look. Images of the device had leaked last month, but many had assumed it was some type of Wi-Fi-connected home security camera. That was a natural assumption, given the recent rise of such devices combined with what was…

Amazon’s Newest Product Wants to Judge Your Outfit – Motley Fool

Thursday, April 27, 2017

I had to check the date there for a moment to make sure it wasn’t April Fool’s. Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN) has made a rather interesting product announcement today, introducing the new $200 Echo Look. Images of the device had leaked last month, but many had assumed it was some type of Wi-Fi-connected home security camera. That was a natural assumption, given the recent rise of such devices combined with what was…

The $2 trillion earnings day: Google, Amazon and Microsoft top frenzy of reports – MarketWatch

Thursday, April 27, 2017

If you care about corporate earnings, you should cancel any plans for Thursday. In what will likely be the busiest day of the current earnings season, some of the most prominent and highly valued companies in the world will issue reports Thursday, with the total market capitalization of the companies easily topping $2 trillion and likely approaching $3 trillion. In…

Viet Thanh Nguyen Reveals How Writers’ Workshops Can Be Hostile – New York Times

Thursday, April 27, 2017

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